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burlap & lace

I don’t know about you but the cost of centerpieces are ridiculous. For a one day rental, I just couldn’t justify spending that much for it. If you’re frugal like me and love to get your hands dirty (your hands will be clean for this one, promise) then do-it-yourself!

I go out of my way to make sure that I’m getting the lowest prices for materials. I search and compare online, go store to store, and even wait for sales or closing stores before I purchase anything. At the time, I was able to purchase 36 mason jars at $0.86 each during the Target closing out sale, whereas Walmart was selling them for a little bit over $0.90 each. I know it’s just a few cents but always keep in mind that things add up, plus you feel even better knowing you got the best deal.

Next on my list: burlap and lace. I purchased mine at Nusso Textile Ltd. my official “Burlap Guy“. They sell wholesale fabric, burlap and many other things which you can browse in their store and order or purchase as-is. I personally went for the as-is section because I didn’t want to take the risk of having delays on my order and seriously just wanted to start my project as soon as possible. I have no experience with the ordering process with this company so I can’t provide any feedback regarding that. I was able to purchase a 4” wide Burlap Fabric roll of 100 yard, Burlap roll, and 2 packs of Lace Trims with different patterns all for about $82.00. I honestly don’t know whether this is a great deal or not but I did save cost and time on shipping and handling, most importantly it was convenient.

Without further ado..

Materials:

Burlap

Lace Trims

Twine

Glue Gun

Scissors

Mason Jar

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the mason jar with the burlap fabric to measure the length, cutting the excess and glue the two ends onto the jar.
  2. Repeat step 1. but with the lace trim. I made 2 variations with the lace because of the different patterns I had: One set of lace I centered it on to the burlap, showing both the burlap and lace. Another with 2 sets of lace glued on to the edges of the burlap to show more lace and have the burlap be seen through the patterns of the lace.
  3. Cut the twine long enough to wrap it around the mason jar on top of the lace trimming and tie a bow. I glued the bow onto the lace just to prevent it from moving around.

Love to Know

Making your own centerpieces can be super tedious but it’s a great excuse to have a Girls Night In. Wine and Gossip Girl, anyone? This definitely makes the time and process more enjoyable. Also, another plus side to making your own centerpiece is once the event is done and it’s still in good condition you can sell it and make a profit.

 

 

 

put a bow on it

My daughter’s baptism was another excuse to get my creative juices flowing. A party means lots of planning: venue, food, and favours. My mom has always been in charge of giveaways which is usually a Bath & Body Works Hand Soap — bought during sales and stocked up for occasions like these — wrapped in plastic gift wrap with a curly ribbon. I loved that idea so I took it from there. It was hard figuring out what exactly I wanted to place in the gift wrap that’s both low at cost and completed in less than a week. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I stumbled upon a candle giveaway and knew it was the one. A candle which symbolizes the Light of the World. Light warms and encourages, it gives safety and illuminates the way ahead. I love it! So I went ahead and put a bow on it. 

Materials:

Wired Ribbon – Pink

Scissors

Candle

Glue Gun

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the base of the candle with the wired ribbon and securely glue it down.
  2. Here’s instructions on how to create the Pinwheel Bow. Instead of a jumbo clip, I wrapped the ribbon around four fingers then cinched the middle. The wire in the bow makes it easy to hold the shape.
  3. Glue the bow onto the candle covering where the ribbon ends meet, allowing for a more finished look.

Love to Know

I had to make about 60 favours but time flew for me when I was in the zone. To save time I created a bunch of the Pinwheel Bows first then assembled the candle. Invite some of your girlfriends over to help or spread the work for the next few days. 

What are some of your time-saving tips when tackling a DIY project?